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The renewable energy charge is a cost for financing subsidies for electricity produced from renewable sources or through efficient CHP mode and distributed to the grid, the rates for which are set out in the Electricity Market Act. The renewable energy charge is separated from the network fees and thus is paid by all end consumers in Estonia in proportion to the volume of network services they consume and electricity quantities consumed through direct lines.

The renewable energy charge is listed separately on electricity bills so that electricity consumers can see exactly how much is paid in subsidies for renewable energy and efficient CHP production. VAT is added to the renewable energy charge.

Under the Electricity Market Act, the authority responsible for calculating the renewable energy charge is Elering, which publishes its assessment of the amounts needed to finance the subsidies on its website by 1 December of each year, based on forecasts submitted by network operators, line possessors, electricity producers using renewable energy and CHP sources, and consumers connected to the Elering electricity network. Based on this assessment, Elering sets the amount that needs to be paid to finance the subsidy from network services consumed and for each kWh of electricity consumed through producers’ lines, taking account of any excess funds or shortfalls from the preceding 12 months, as well as reasonable expenses for administering the subsidies.

Network operators and line possessors send Elering (preliminary) data on the volume of network services provided as well as distributed through direct lines for the previous month by the fifth day of the following month. On the basis of the submitted data (or in the absence of data, on the basis of forecasts), Elering submits an invoice for subsidy financing costs to network operators and line possessors, which must be paid by the 14th day of the month, regardless of whether consumers have paid the invoice for subsidy financing costs.

Network operators, direct line possessors and consumers connected to the Elering electricity network send Elering their forecasts for the following year’s network service volume provision by 1 November every year.

 

 

Size of renewable energy charge in 2018

  • Renewable energy charge: 0,89 euro cents/kWh
  • VAT: 20%
  • Total: 1.07 euro cents/kWh

In calculating the charge, the following have been taken into consideration:

  • The predicted consumption of network services by consumers in 2018 is 7 971 GWh, based on the net consumption of the previous 12 months and the forecast of the network service volumes provided by network operators.
  • The predicted subsidised production of electricity from renewable sources is 1 390 GWh and from efficient CHP is 140 GWh.
  • The subsidy for electricity produced from renewable sources is forecast at 74.6 million euros and for electricity produced from efficient CHP at 4.5 million euros. The subsidy for electricity produced from renewable sources is divided as follows: 43% will go to wind generators, 50% to electricity produced from biomass by power stations with capacity of more than 20 MW, and 7% to electricity produced from hydropower, solar power, biogas and biomass by small power stations.
  • The renewable energy charges collected in the previous periods exceeded subsidies paid out by 8,35 million euros. This sum has been reduced from the renewable energy charge planned for 2018.
  • The final sum includes Elering's administration fees of 254 000 euros for administering subsidies and certificates of origin in the previous period.

     

     

    Renewable energy charge per year

     

    year charge, cents/kWh VAT charge with VAT, cents/kWh
    2017 1,04 20 1,25
    2016 0,96 20% 1,15
    2015 0,89 20% 1,07
    2014 0,77 20% 0,92
    2013 0,87 20% 1,04
    2012 0,97 20% 1,16

     

     

    Overview of monthly obligations

    • 5th day of the month (working day) – distribution networks and line possessors send Elering data on total volume of network service provision and electricity consumption through direct lines provided to consumers (including own consumption) in the previous calendar month in free format via email to resupport@elering.ee.
    • 7th day of the month (working day) – Based on the data submitted by network operators and line possessors, Elering sends an invoice to the network operators and line possessors which indicates the volume of network services provided to consumers and the corresponding sum needed for subsidy financing. If the network operator or line possessor has not submitted the corresponding information by the deadline, the invoice is submitted based on forecast data. Corrections for the month prior are also included in the invoice if the actual information is received later.
    • 14th day of the month (working day) – the network operator and line possessor pay the invoice for subsidy financing regardless of whether consumers have paid for subsidy financing.
    • 20th day of the month – Network operators and line possessors submit adjusted, actual network service volumes and consumed electricity amounts supplied via producer’s lines.
    • 7th day of the following month (working day) – based on the adjusted network service volumes, Elering calculates the size of corrections and adds this to or subtracts this from the following month’s invoice.

     

    Summary of data submitted monthly to Elering:

    Date Informationave Email address
    5th working day Supplied network service and electricity consumed via direct line (MWh) resupport@elering.ee
    20th working day Actual supplied network service and electricity consumed via direct line (MWh)

     

     

    Size of renewable energy charge in 2018

    • Renewable energy charge: 0,89 euro cents/kWh
    • VAT: 20%
    • Total: 1.07 euro cents/kWh

    In calculating the charge, the following have been taken into consideration:

    • The predicted consumption of network services by consumers in 2018 is 7 971 GWh, based on the net consumption of the previous 12 months and the forecast of the network service volumes provided by network operators.
    • The predicted subsidised production of electricity from renewable sources is 1 390 GWh and from efficient CHP is 140 GWh.
    • The subsidy for electricity produced from renewable sources is forecast at 74.6 million euros and for electricity produced from efficient CHP at 4.5 million euros. The subsidy for electricity produced from renewable sources is divided as follows: 43% will go to wind generators, 50% to electricity produced from biomass by power stations with capacity of more than 20 MW, and 7% to electricity produced from hydropower, solar power, biogas and biomass by small power stations.
    • The renewable energy charges collected in the previous periods exceeded subsidies paid out by 8,35 million euros. This sum has been reduced from the renewable energy charge planned for 2018.
    • The final sum includes Elering's administration fees of 254 000 euros for administering subsidies and certificates of origin in the previous period.

       

       

      Renewable energy charge per year

       

      year charge, cents/kWh VAT charge with VAT, cents/kWh
      2017 1,04 20 1,25
      2016 0,96 20% 1,15
      2015 0,89 20% 1,07
      2014 0,77 20% 0,92
      2013 0,87 20% 1,04
      2012 0,97 20% 1,16

       

       

      Overview of monthly obligations

      • 5th day of the month (working day) – distribution networks and line possessors send Elering data on total volume of network service provision and electricity consumption through direct lines provided to consumers (including own consumption) in the previous calendar month in free format via email to resupport@elering.ee.
      • 7th day of the month (working day) – Based on the data submitted by network operators and line possessors, Elering sends an invoice to the network operators and line possessors which indicates the volume of network services provided to consumers and the corresponding sum needed for subsidy financing. If the network operator or line possessor has not submitted the corresponding information by the deadline, the invoice is submitted based on forecast data. Corrections for the month prior are also included in the invoice if the actual information is received later.
      • 14th day of the month (working day) – the network operator and line possessor pay the invoice for subsidy financing regardless of whether consumers have paid for subsidy financing.
      • 20th day of the month – Network operators and line possessors submit adjusted, actual network service volumes and consumed electricity amounts supplied via producer’s lines.
      • 7th day of the following month (working day) – based on the adjusted network service volumes, Elering calculates the size of corrections and adds this to or subtracts this from the following month’s invoice.

       

      Summary of data submitted monthly to Elering:

      Date Informationave Email address
      5th working day Supplied network service and electricity consumed via direct line (MWh) resupport@elering.ee
      20th working day Actual supplied network service and electricity consumed via direct line (MWh)

       

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